Forums > Newbie Forum > Wild Models Inc. Los Angeles

Model

Edair DeSoltero

Posts: 4

San Francisco, California, US

Does anyone know if this agency is a legitimate agency? Or at least know anything about them?

Jul 29 09 04:25 pm Link

Photographer

SLE Photography

Posts: 68937

Orlando, Florida, US

Hector Carrillo wrote:
Does anyone know if this agency is a legitimate agency? Or at least know anything about them?

They are properly licensed & bonded as an agency in California.
That means they can represent people for employment & castings, but they're not allowed to charge you up front fees except for incidental expenses (like headshots).
They're clean with the BBB but apparently they changed names about 3 years ago & had complaints at their old name.
There aren't a lot of complaints & scam warnings about the new name & they are operating within the law.

I found this all out by Googling them, it's always worth checking them out.

Also for California use this link to verify anyone's license:
http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/dlselr/ … sortfield=

Jul 29 09 04:31 pm Link

Model

Edair DeSoltero

Posts: 4

San Francisco, California, US

ok, I went to the website you provided and i could not find them at all within the site. They say they are bonded and licensed but they are not up anywhere. Now, would a "legitimate" agency tell you to shoot with their own photographers or would they allow you to find your photographers that will help you build a portfolio and comp cards? These people were not asking for money up front but were asking me to pay for a photographer of their own which included make up artist, stylist, studio and of course the photographer. It also includes comp cards and the actual portfolio. Which by the way, she was very pushy.

Jul 30 09 04:06 am Link

Model

Edair DeSoltero

Posts: 4

San Francisco, California, US

alright so i found out that these people use to be known as Model Management Inc., after searching around on their website i found a link under music management and i came across this form:

http://www.wildmodelsinc.com/leftrightl … erform.pdf

At this point, I'm not sure if these people have changed for the better or for the worst. If anyone knows more information about them ever since they changed their name to "Wild Models Inc." let me know.

Jul 30 09 06:09 pm Link

Model

Trevor K Ivanich

Posts: 188

Montgomery, Alabama, US

SLE Photography wrote:

They are properly licensed & bonded as an agency in California.
That means they can represent people for employment & castings, but they're not allowed to charge you up front fees except for incidental expenses (like headshots).
They're clean with the BBB but apparently they changed names about 3 years ago & had complaints at their old name.
There aren't a lot of complaints & scam warnings about the new name & they are operating within the law.

I found this all out by Googling them, it's always worth checking them out.

Also for California use this link to verify anyone's license:
http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/dlselr/ … sortfield=

Did you not read this post? They changed their name about 3 years ago AND had complaints at their old name. There aren't a lot of complaints or scam warnings under their new name currently. My advice: Apply to the larger agencies and see how that comes back. Then apply to smaller local agencies.

Aug 03 09 11:29 am Link

Photographer

Matrix Studio

Posts: 1957

Columbia, Alabama, US

dunno

Aug 03 09 11:31 am Link

Photographer

JLIEBERPhoto

Posts: 515

Midvale, Utah, US

I find it interesting that they are showing up in the banner adds now....

Aug 04 09 03:28 pm Link

Photographer

Emeritus

Posts: 21947

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

It's a portfolio mill scam.  Forget them.

Aug 05 09 08:59 am Link

Model

Austin Galante

Posts: 14

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California, US

I have been with Model management/wild models non exclusively for about a year and a half and they never asked me for any money, had me take any head shots with there photographers, (even suggested it). They have gotten me several jobs and many auditions.

         Not to say that they wouldn't try to get money out of new and gullible models but if you go to them with good photo's, who knows maybe they can help you out. I get about 2 to 3 auditions a week from them and have for over a year. Not that I fit for all of them but the company does do work for me.

   I don't know maybe they do try to scam some people but they didn't do it to me, probably cause I would eat their brains.    wink

Aug 14 09 02:36 pm Link

Model

Melle Hartley

Posts: 3

Los Angeles, California, US

That pop up ad is not for Wild Models Inc. It's for a different "Wild Models".

Aug 14 09 08:39 pm Link

Model

Austyn Klocko

Posts: 11

Santa Clarita, California, US

TOTAL SCAMMMMMMMMMM

Sep 08 09 10:57 am Link

Model

xinactivexaccountx

Posts: 603

Los Angeles, California, US

I'm not sure about a scam, but I've been with them (through Model Management Inc. and the now Wild Models Inc. or whatever) for like a year now.

Wouldn't say it's a scam, but wouldn't necessarily consider them a legit agency, either. ... legit meaning I wouldn't expect any bread and butter from them. I'm represented by several small agencies in NYC, Wild being one of them. I get a call from them MAYBE once a month.

So yeah, Wild is a real agency, just not a real good one.

Also noteworthy, that whole "if an agency asks for money, it's a scam" thing is lame. If an agency wants you to go to their 'school' or 'runway classes' or whatever and you pay for them, yeah okay, scam. But agencies have their models pay for comp cards, web site promotion, etc. all the time. A great agency in Dallas has their models pay an annual subscription fee for an online portfolio/promotional site, BUT the difference is these fees come out of what you make during gigs. It's not all upfront and out of pocket.

Hope this helps without too much rambling..? smile

Sep 08 09 10:11 pm Link

Model

Lacy Penny

Posts: 1

Lancaster, California, US

yes they charge you around $900 dollars for you to submit, they gave me Elke to sign up with a playmate, so I did being told I would get alot of work from them! They set you up with a few websites with open casting calls for music videos, commercials, student films, etc. So its just up to you if you want to pay...I havent found work yet and signed over a year ago.
And yes you do have to PAY UPFRONT and about 2 weeks later you get a photoshoot with a portfolio folder and comp cards.

Oct 06 10 02:13 am Link

Model

Michelle Aida

Posts: 114

Los Angeles, California, US

BEWARE!! TOTAL SCAMMMMM!!

i learned this a couple months ago

if you start typing the "agency"s name into Google and the word SCAM is next to the name in the suggestions
it's most likely a scam
but you reeally should do your homework on them

here's another red flag:
paying over $100 up front is a total scam
you should never have to pay them, they should get you work and THEN you pay them about %10-%15

AND legit agencies don't really advertise..they don't need to


hope that helped smile

Oct 06 10 02:27 am Link

Photographer

Image K

Posts: 23374

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Michelle A Ramos wrote:
hope that helped smile

I doubt it...since that thread was started over a year ago. lol

Oct 06 10 03:09 am Link

Model

Michael Ceorgoveanu

Posts: 48

Los Angeles, California, US

Wild Models IS NOT A SCAM. I have been with them non-exclusively for 3 years now. Kurt is the CEO/President of the company. He told me it's not a modeling agency, it's for commercial representation. They never asked me for money, never suggested to shoot with their photographer. I have gotten many auditions and booked many jobs. Enough said.

Feb 02 13 12:10 pm Link

Photographer

Photos 4 The Memories

Posts: 1287

Kewaskum, Wisconsin, US

WOW Great zombie thread!

Feb 02 13 12:34 pm Link